The pathway to website design makes for a very interesting journey, both for the web designer and the client. If you are going to get your website designed, and if this is the first time you are getting a site made, then there are many things to know. You must know them all so that you get into a better professional dealing with your web designer. There is no problem in letting the designer know that you are a layman and novice in this thing and that this is your first venture to get a site made. But surely you must also let the designer know that you are enthusiastic to learn and understand the basics. This will give the designing team a feel that you are dependable enough to discuss and consult things about design and layout, and that they may get some conceptual inputs from you too.
Why communicating with your designing team is essential
It’s critical that a person who is hiring a website design team for designing should have an idea of how he wants things to be done. If you don’t have any visualization of the upcoming site, then you can completely rely on the designers. Whatever they serve on the platter should be good for you. But if you have some idea of what you want the site to look like, how you want the user functions to flow like etc., then you must pair up with the designers to constantly give your inputs. Such efforts always help the web designers in making a site that you love at a glance and in operability. The mutual flow of ideas is needed to create a balance enough that would reflect well in the website’s design and style. You may get a good idea of how the designing team is in terms of open communication by reading their reviews on trustworthy review sites like Tayloright.
Where do you need to give your inputs?
Your inputs as the site owner and basically the owner of the business showcased by the site are very important. Just like you have designed the physical aspects of your business, like the product, a service team, a showroom, business gifts, business events, etc.; similarly, you must have clear ideas of what the site should be like, and how it should function. Hence when the developers are working on the site layout, style tiles, etc., you must give in your opinions if you like it or not, how bright or light it should be, how small or big an element should be, if the font looks alright, if the menu looks right, and many such things.
You should also give your opinion on the site operability. You must monitor the flow of functions, the effects of clicking the links, the placement of links at places, and the look of the web pages, all. It’s just like a project where you hire the engineer, architect, and construction contractor to make your house, and you monitor everything about the construction and design, and leave the rest of the labor and technical part to the team where you have no expertise or say. A website is also something similar in the virtual world, where you can have control on all site functions and looks, style, and layout, and the coding and visual designing part behind this framework is left to the designers and developers.
A few terms to know to communicate better with your website designer
You can communicate better with your website designer by knowing some terms used in the web designing world. The layman obviously would not know them. But when you enter this world as the client, you must know them, to understand what your designer is talking about.
Wireframe- this is the term to mean a basic grayscale design of the site, which is done generally on a designing software or simple pen and paper. And this represents the framework or simple underlying site design upon which the designs, colors, and elements would be placed.
Layout-a layout is the site design on the next level after the wireframe is decided. Layout simply means the basic style of the site, the placement of the header menu, sidebars, contents and all. It depicts where elements will be positioned.
Style tiles- style tiles are the visual color and design elements. The color elements, theme color, design elements, font type and all such things which cater to the site’s style are listed in the style tiles. Often this is the part which waits for the most for client approval.
Prototype– this is one of the most important and final stages of design. The combination of layout, style tiles and basic wireframe, make the site live in design. The design is sketched using a designing software based on these things. And then the prototype is made ready to share with the client. When you get the final site design presented to you, it is this prototype.
Ask your web designer about SEO and content
Sometimes web designers do the SEO part also. And some designers only do the content part. However, none of them are necessary parts of web designing, and yet both are integral parts of website development. Coding based site development stops at site design and layout finalization. But as soon as content gets ready, the site design once again needs to touch up through linking content across pages, checking their on-page optimization pattern and all. Hence, before you give in the contract for site designing to a team, you must ask these things in detail.
Website design, development, content development, and SEO (search engine optimization), all are part of the same game. One is dependent on another or interlinked. Therefore choosing a good designer with a good team to cater to all requirements always keeps the client sorted. There can be separate services too, where you get content from one place, design from another, and SEO from another. Whatever way you approach the site making, you must make a systematic decision before the project is started. This will keep you organized. Once site design is finished, you will get to the content writer, and once the content is developed, you may get the SEO done.
Author Bio: Karen Anthony is a Social Media Expert. She loves to share her creative knowledge of social media with her clients & friends. She is passionate about trendy gadgets.